Black Farmers Urged To File Claims In Landmark $1.25 Billion Settlement

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Sen. Kay Hagan is urging black farmers in North Carolina to file claims in a landmark $1.25 billion settlement with the federal government before time runs out.

A meeting is scheduled to be held Monday at the Bordeaux Hotel in Fayetteville for farmers eligible to receive payments under the settlement.

Last year, President Barack Obama signed into law the settlement that covers 75,000 black farmers nationwide and about 4,000 in North Carolina. Most eligible claims amount to about $50,000 per family.

The farmers were unfairly denied loans and other assistance for decades by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Hagan staff members have been on hand at earlier meetings to assist farmers. Including Monday's gathering, six more are scheduled before the May 11 deadline to file claims.


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  • by jason on Mar 21, 2012 at 03:34 PM
    What it boils down to is blacks have used the race card again to get something for nothing. I have been disgusted over this and thinking how this would even work out the way it did but the up side is just like always we give the blacks money and they blow it.so i guess we could at least look at this as an economy boost because they are not going to keep it. It will just cycle back through.
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      by Blame Obama on Mar 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM in reply to jason
      Jason you missed the point . Mr. Obama sat on his hands for three years and know he needs votes .If Obama wins 2012 he cant run again but belive me it wont matter anymore he wont have to buy any more votes again .I bet the next thing is give the elderly a big raise they do need it but he will use this as well. I have read the cards and the cards dont lie. stay tuned for next reading lol.
  • by blame obama Location: newport on Mar 20, 2012 at 07:43 PM
    obama has finally done something for the black community he needed them votes----seems to me he is buying them votes right now.
  • by Ed Location: NC on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:40 PM
    Barlow @ 8:35 AM! Unfortunately this is not THE "UNITED" STATES OF AMERICA any longer the obama brainwashing has succeeded in removing the "UNITED" part.
  • by Obama on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:10 PM
    I ran for office to do things just like this! We have been pushing for the re-distribution of wealth for decades and now I have the power to do it by myself. I will make this country pay for all the years of wrong doing. Give me a second term and the money for flow faster and in greater amounts.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 02:26 PM
    can you imagine if a white president was to sign into law an settlement for white people? he would be the biggest racist around. talk about speaking out both sides of your mouth
  • by Seriously?! Whatever! Location: Greenville on Mar 20, 2012 at 01:52 PM
    WITN's moderators didn't like my comment either. I simply encouraging ALL farmers who were denied loans to apply without regard to race. Why does everything have to be racially driven? And it's coming straight from law makers and settlements like this...whatever.
  • by Please Explain on Mar 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM
    I don't understand why my comment wasn't posted. It's the best point I've seen about this issue, yet it doesn't get posted. If it was the race issue that prevented it, then true facts about our society can't be disscussed on a public forum. Is this Russia?
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      by The Other Bob on Mar 20, 2012 at 01:07 PM in reply to Please Explain
      WITN will post stories like this that are clearly about race to generate buzz on their message boards but when you state the facts about a certain race they will not allow the comment to be posted. But yet they allow the liberal Trolls to post replies that contain unfounded accusations and personal attacks and have nothing to do with facts.
  • by Jimmie Location: greenville on Mar 20, 2012 at 08:16 AM
    I understand that the lack of knowledge about the situation is causing the emotions and comments. I'm the son of a black farmer that saw my hard working dad be denied for loans, when the farmers around us were getting loans. I know this because when we processed my parents claim, these same farmers wrote statements saying that they were given loans and they knew of black farmers that weren't. My father needed the loans to purchase equipment and lease more land. It wasn't that dad had bad credit that he was denied. The Loan Officer told my dad that he didn't care about him or his family he wasn't approving the loan. He struggled and took on odd jobs but he raised 11 of us us without the entitlements that people think most blacks get. Now my siblings and I are taxpayers that work and pay taxes into the same system that everyone else does. So I know this isn't gonna change the thoughts and comments, I just wanted to add some firsthand knowledge to the dicussion.
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      by p on Mar 20, 2012 at 09:04 AM in reply to Jimmie
      Approx. 17000 black farmers during this (said) time. Approx. 97000 black people applying to get this free money.
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      by ME on Mar 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM in reply to Jimmie
      So if I understand you right you are saying that only black farmers were the only ones who were denied loans? Next can you prove this? If so I will certainly agree only black farmers should receive the money, other wise this is all about skin color.
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        by Truth on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:21 PM in reply to ME
        This particular settlement is based on a lawsuit brought forth by black farmers who claimed they were denied loans based solely on their race. They did not claim that ONLY blacks were denied loans, but that they were denied their loans based solely on race. That's why this settlement applies only to blacks. I'm not a big fan of this 2nd round settlement, either... just trying to explain it.
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      by Demsey on Mar 21, 2012 at 06:29 PM in reply to Jimmie
      Well, my parents were white farmers and they were denied loans too. And, they didn't have bad credit either. So, do you think you should get something over me just because you are black???????????? That is crazy!!!!!!!!
  • by Tom Location: ENC on Mar 20, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    The dems already get 98% of the aa vote.Now they want the other 2%.
  • by DogLover on Mar 20, 2012 at 08:06 AM
    You know the country is going downhill quick when you do nothing to contribute to society and get rewarded. Seems the harder you work the more pentalized you get. The more taxes you pay. What would happen if the people working decided they have had enough and stop working. With no taxes being paid in what would the gov and leaches do then. Panic. They diffently wouldn't know how to go to work and support themselves. People are addicted to free. Pray and vote.
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      by Seriously?! Whatever! on Mar 20, 2012 at 01:56 PM in reply to DogLover
      People are addicted to FREE! I agree completely. I was brought up knowing how to work and was born with a sense of satisfaction coming from knowing that I can work. Others have a sense of satisfaction knowing that they will get everything for nothing. The moral compass and foundation our country was created on is slipping. WITN didn't like my comments because I encouraged folks to get up and get to work. Wow- I'm sure that thought really offends some people!
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